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Bloemhof are badminton’s champions of Africa
- Updated: January 7, 2014
Bloemhof High School for girls became the first school from South Africa to win badminton’s 2013 All Africa Continental Schools Championships┬á in Pretoria, when they beat the defending champions from Oranjemund, Namibia 3-2 in a nail biting final.
After losing 4-1 against Oranjemund in the pool event, the Stellenbosch school finished second in their pool and beat Kenya in the semi-finals, setting up a repeat from the 2012 Lusaka finals. The Namibians were cruising towards a successful defence of the title won in Zambia in 2012 with a semi-final win over Zimbabwe.
However, the South Africans had their eyes set on the title and showed some true fighting spirit in the final.
When captain Anri Schoonees beat the highly ranked Nita Scholtz from Namibia in three closely-contested sets, the table was set for a South African victory.
Namibia then won the next two singles matches to take the early lead, only to lose both doubles in three sets ÔÇô the first South African school ever to win the Continental Schools Championships.
Also in the Bloemfof team were: Karien Heunis, Nadia Schoonees and Jana Basson.